Wu Ming tells
Gordon Darroch about history, anonymity, anarchy … and 1970s Dutch football
Wu Ming talk to Gordon Darroch about history, anonymity, anarchy … and 1970s Dutch football for the Sunday Herald
Wu Ming discuss their new novel Manituana, and the collective writing experience in an interview published in this week’s Sunday Herald. Darroch writes:
If there’s one thing you can depend on from the Wu Ming foundation, it’s that nothing will be quite what it seems. The Italian writing collective has a short but distinguished tradition of confounding expectations, overturning convention and coaxing readers into viewing history on the reverse-angle replay.
Their third novel, Manituana, recounts the American war of independence from the losing side – the Six Nations of the Iroquois – and employs all the tricks and devices familiar to readers of their previous offerings, Q (written under the name Luther Blissett) and ’54: conflicting narratives, false trails, elaborate games and back-and-forth propaganda. Seasoned throughout with a neo-marxist outlook that throws up dozens more questions than it answers, it’s an enlightening, sometimes infuriating, but always invigorating read.”